April 4, 2016

The Importance of Holistic Safety Management

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In the year 2000, prior to the start of the mining boom, the energy sector learned many lessons about safety management, and were increasingly applying information technology to the management of safety. The INX software produced was developed around this time using these principles, and was aimed at making safety management software available at a reasonable cost across the resource, mining and other hazardous work environment sectors to integrate those systems into wider solutions for managing the workforce.

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The workforce management software sector has seen tremendous growth and change in recent years; there are a large number of providers within this sector in Australia alone, with each promoting their solution as the one to match the ever-changing needs of workforces. Companies have faced significant challenges recently, and none more so than the recent economic downturn as seen across the world, Australia and specifically Western Australia. This has been evidence by the mining boom slowdown and mimics WA’s boom and bust cycle. The need to manage a workforce and ensure the safety of all employees & contractors however does not correspondingly shrink, if anything, it gains more criticality. A challenge which pervades in this operating climate is that the budget to manage this does seem to diminish as operational budgets are slashed causing further challenges.

 

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For these and other reasons, a few questions INX is often asked by new and existing customers are:

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  1. Will the solution grow with us?
  2. Is the solution functionally rich enough to cover not only my department’s needs but those that work in conjunction with us?
  3. Does the solution ensure efficient and effective management of safety issues?
  4. Can the solution reduce human resource effort and operating costs?
  5. Can the company withstand the same pressures we are facing and continue to evolve?

 

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INX Software has recently adjusted our strategic direction, culminating in decisions to:

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  1. Continue to invest in R&D for our products through functional enhancements and complementary add-ons
  2. Ensure that the product design caters to different industry requirements whilst at the same time meeting the needs of a Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) model
  3. Offer an all-round workforce solution as opposed to one separated out into tens or hundreds of individual components (e.g. select individual functionality for managing incidents, injuries, return to work etc.)

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INX has therefore recently put together a short check-list for companies to consider when assessing the need for a safety software solution (workforce management solution).

 

 

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10 questions to ask when considering a safety software solution

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  1. Does it offer web and mobile capabilities?
  2. Is the safety solution all-inclusive or restricted by the individual components or modules that we must select?
  3. Is the solution configurable so that we can make system changes without having to get the provider company to do it for us therefore adding to our costs?
  4. Are there supporting solutions should other departments have workforce management requirements (e.g. training, health, travel, logistics, environmental etc.) that would improve our overall efficiency and effectiveness as a company?
  5. Is the solution multi-language?
  6. Does the solution offer configurable and templated reports and graphs?
  7. Does the solution encompass requirements and functionality around workers compensation and insurance?
  8. Can the solution be managed and accessed from various locations and sites?
  9. Is support offered for our local and international operations?
  10. Is the solution proven (e.g. are there case studies and references available)?

 

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For more information visit INX Software Pty Ltd at the upcoming 2016 Safety In Action – Perth Exhibition.  

 

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